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Glenn Gould

1932 - 1982

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Glenn Herbert Gould (; né Gold; September 25, 1932 – October 4, 1982) was a Canadian classical pianist. He was one of the most famous and celebrated pianists of the 20th century, and was renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Gould's playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and a capacity to articulate the contrapuntal texture of Bach's music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Glenn Gould has received more than 2,101,830 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Glenn Gould is the 62nd most popular musician (down from 61st in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Canada (down from 16th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Musician.

Glenn Gould is most famous for his recordings of Bach's "The Goldberg Variations" and for his idiosyncratic style of playing the piano.

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Among musicians, Glenn Gould ranks 62 out of 2,662Before him are Victor Borge, Charlie Parker, Robert Johnson, Ritchie Blackmore, Giorgio Moroder, and Pablo Casals. After him are Pablo de Sarasate, Chet Baker, Django Reinhardt, Carlos Santana, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, and André Rieu.

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Among people born in 1932, Glenn Gould ranks 18Before him are Cesare Maldini, Abebe Bikila, Peter O'Toole, Roh Tae-woo, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, and Anouk Aimée. After him are Dian Fossey, Sylvia Plath, Fernando Botero, Víctor Jara, Pat Morita, and Raisa Gorbacheva. Among people deceased in 1982, Glenn Gould ranks 18Before him are Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Anna Freud, Erving Goffman, Vasily Chuikov, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Jacques Tati. After him are Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Barack Obama Sr., Louis Aragon, Gala Dalí, Karl von Frisch, and Hans Selye.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Glenn Gould ranks 18 out of 1,350Before him are Marshall McLuhan (1911), Christopher Plummer (1929), James Cameron (1954), Celine Dion (1968), Frederick Banting (1891), and Margaret Atwood (1939). After him are Michael J. Fox (1961), David Cronenberg (1943), Eric Berne (1910), Saul Bellow (1915), William Shatner (1931), and Gilles Villeneuve (1950).

Among MUSICIANS In Canada

Among musicians born in Canada, Glenn Gould ranks 2Before him are Leonard Cohen (1934). After him are Neil Young (1945), Joni Mitchell (1943), Oscar Peterson (1925), Avril Lavigne (1984), Loreena McKennitt (1957), David Foster (1949), Gil Evans (1912), Maynard Ferguson (1928), Neil Peart (1952), and Robbie Robertson (1943).

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